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Today's News

  • “Help Us Help You”

    By Nicole S. Johnson

  • What would ‘Christian America’ really look like?

        Lately, there’s been a lot of speculation about why so many self-styled Christians voted for Donald Trump, especially given Trump’s obvious love of himself and money, his habitual lying, and other major character concerns.
        It seems everyone has settled on 80 percent as the reliable percentage of “Christian conservatives” who voted for Trump. They appear to believe, generally, that whatever faults he has, he is nonetheless carrying out what could be called a “pro-Christian” agenda.

  • Russia would lose a war with the U . S.

        There have been a couple of incidents in the air over Syria involving U. S. aircraft and Syrian aircraft. In one incident, a Syrian unmanned arial vehicle (UAV) was approaching Syrian rebels being trained to fight Islamic State. It appeared on a run to drop or launch some sort of munition. An American plane shot it down.

  • Jefferson Forest sister duos discuss soccer journeys

    Jefferson Forest girls soccer has a long tradition of success and these three families were lucky enough to enjoy it twice.

    The O’Bryant, Ratliff and Yeager sisters each played on JF’s team, with at least one of the sisters winning a State championship.

    Jessica and Carter O’Bryant are four years apart and unfortunately never got to play together, but Jessica was in attendance when Carter captured the State championship.

  • Bedford PD adds new lieutenant

        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman believes he has found his man.

  • Learning about WWII

        The National D-Day Memorial held its annual D-Day Camp last week. The day camp, designed for children in the upper elementary school grades, used hands-on activities to teach children about World War II.

  • 'He killed my son."

         By all accounts Jamelle Edward Poindexter was a good young man.

        He was respectful, worked hard and loved football.
        But on Sept. 6, 1998, in Montvale, the Liberty High School student was murdered, shot multiple times, including three times in the head, by Randy Dwayne Ross and Keirstin Danea Davis.

  • Northam, Gillespie set for fall battle

        Last week’s gubernatorial primary didn’t produce any surprise winners, but it still didn’t turn out as largely predicted.
        Democrat Ralph Northam sailed to a more sizable win than had been thought likely, as he cashed in all the chips he’d gathered over the last few years.

  • Finding gold

        Two weeks ago a group of people got a look at Bedford’s newest business when Beale’s Brewery opened its doors to host a party. The brew-pub will hold a soft opening this Thursday at noon and open to the public on Saturday.
        This development recycles existing developed property. Instead of plowing over undeveloped land, the developer made use of one of the old industrial buildings that have been moldering along the railroad tracks for decades.

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.